WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to host the Florida Fish Art Contest. Florida students in Kindergarten – 12th grade can compete in this free contest for a chance to win state and national honors and prizes.
The Art of Conservation® sparks creativity and inspires wonder about the outdoors, developing the next generation of anglers and conservationists. Florida winners will be selected by the FWC in four grade categories, Kindergarten – 3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade and 10th-12th grade. State winners will advance to the National Competition to be judged for top honors such as the Best of Show. The deadline to enter is March 31st, so start creating today!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is a leader in the effort to increase and diversify the angling community. The FWC currently offers opportunities for youth to learn more about fishing in clinics and in the classroom. The new Florida Fish Art Contest will serve as a one-of-a-kind program to grow youth participation in fishing.
“We are excited to host the Florida Fish Art Contest and look forward to building conservation connections in our future generations,” said Eric Sutton, Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “This is the newest program we are sponsoring to further our goal to increase participation in freshwater and saltwater fishing.”
Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever said “Wildlife Forever is honored to partner with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Florida Fish Art Contest is a wonderful opportunity for young people to connect with the outdoors and learn more about fish and fishing.”
To Enter, students from Florida should submit their entry consisting of the following:
Completed entries should be submitted no later than March, 31st 2021. Participants may choose to mail their entry to:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
ATTN: Laura Rambo, Florida Fish Art Contest
620 S Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Florida participants also have the option to submit photos or a scanned copy of their entry to R3@MyFWC.com. For contest information, entry forms and the Fish On! Lesson Plan, visit www.StateFishArt.org
About the State-Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, brings children, art and aquatic conservation together! To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any fish from the Official Fish list and written words detailing its habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are due postmarked or emailed by March 31st each year. www.statefishart.org.
About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 94% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Please, Join Today and learn more about the State-Fish Art Contest®, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at www.WildlifeForever.org.
About the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: The FWC is responsible for conserving and managing fish and wildlife, and their habitats for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. This responsibility is met with a combination of research, management, recreational opportunities, outreach and law enforcement. This includes conservation programs for imperiled species; land acquisition to provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife species; managing terrestrial, marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats to benefit the widest possible array of fish and wildlife while providing quality recreational experiences such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.
About Bass Pro Shops®: Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”